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It’s Getting Hot in Here

We know that energy is all around us, but how exactly do we harness it? To start things off this week, we take a closer look at an interesting new energy harvesting technology developed at MIT called a “thermal resonator.” By utilizing the gradual ambient temperature changes that occur over the course of a day, this technology can literally pull electricity out of the thin air. We check out how this “thermal resonator” works and what sets it apart from other thermoelectric applications found on the market today. Keeping with our thermal theme, we … Read More → "It’s Getting Hot in Here"

DVCon and the Big Data Problem

Design and verification technologies are front and center in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. DVCon General Chair Dennis Brophy joins us with a special sneak peak of the 2018 Design and Verification Conference. Dennis and I chat about how the biggest trends are reflected at DVCON, including machine learning, automotive technologies, and big data analysis. We also discuss the addition of shorter format workshops to the conference program, as well as the breadth of tutorial topics and panel discussions offered this year.

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Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT

We are gathered here today to celebrate the matrimony of operational technology and information technology. During the years they have been together, their understanding of each other has grown and matured, and they have decided to live their lives together. But how exactly are they going to do that? With a little help from us, of course. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Lou Lutostanski from Avnet. Lou and I discuss the how the internet of things reflects a unique marriage of operational technology and information technology and what that means in terms of IoT … Read More → "Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT"

Space: The Final COTS Frontier

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re headed hundreds of kilometers above the earth and we’re bringing commercial off-the-shelf parts with us! My guest Doug Patterson (Aitech) and I take a closer look at how radiation affects space-destined designs, we examine the difference between space-grade and space-qualified parts, and we also chat about how COTS products are being used in space applications today. Keeping with our starry-eyed theme this week, we also check out why it snows “sunscreen” on a newly discovered “Hot Jupiter” exoplanet called Kepler 13Ab.

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Why Blank Slates Don’t Work

This week’s episode of Fish Fry covers the world of embedded design open standards and modules, a new security IC, and the science behind swearing. Jerry Gipper (Executive Director at VITA) joins us to discuss how VITA evolved from a simple VMEbus users group to the unique collaboration between suppliers and users it is today. We’ll discuss the future of VME and VPX technology, and why open standards and modules are critical to the health and vitality of the embedded design ecosystem. Additionally, a recent research study at Keele University in Staffordshire, England contends that swearing can … Read More → "Why Blank Slates Don’t Work"

Climbing the PowerTree™

From source to sink to the current in-between, this week’s Fish Fry is all about power delivery and how we can solve our power delivery network problems. My guest is Brad Griffin (Cadence Design Systems) and we’re talking about how we can catch the PDN issues earlier in our design cycles and how “shifting left” can make all the difference in your next PCB design. Keeping with our powerful theme this week, we check out new smart window technology coming out of Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in Germany called LaWin (large area fluidic windows). We investigate how this … Read More → "Climbing the PowerTree™"

If I Only Had a Brain-1

“I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.” — Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we set our sights on open source hardware design. Jake Janovetz (President – Opal Kelly) introduces us to a brand new crowdfunding campaign called the Brain-1. Jake and I discuss the the details of Brain-1, why they chose crowdfunding to launch this project, and what their new SYZYGY interconnect standard is all about. We also take a closer … Read More → "If I Only Had a Brain-1"

Silicon Stagnation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MEMS and sensors visionary Alissa Fitzgerald and I chat about emerging technologies in the MEMS and sensors ecosystem. We investigate how research and development is changing the MEMS landscape and why Alissa thinks that silicon sensor technology could be at risk of stagnation due to waning research efforts. Also this week, we check out the details of a new “sweaty” humanoid robot named Kengoro and the future of silicon carbide transistor technology.

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Heavy Lifting

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we tackle lifecycle traceability and standard compliance in the world of safety and security electronic design. Jim McElroy (LDRA) and I chat about about why test management can be especially helpful when designing for the functional safety and secure market, and how newly introduced automation in the LDRA tool suite can your software compliance ducks in a row faster than ever before.  Also this week, we take a closer look at a new research project being developed at the University of Michigan (funded under DARPA’s System Security Integrated Through Hardware … Read More → "Heavy Lifting"

Enabling A Sixth Sense

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we set our sights on the evolving ecosystem of the MEMS and sensors landscape. First up, Marcellino Gemelli (Bosch Sensortec) joins us to discuss how sensor bots can add intelligence to our sensing systems and why the management of artificial intelligence will be crucial to the further development of the MEMS-enhanced technologies. Also this week, we welcome Michelle Bourke (LAM Research) and Steven Breit (Coventor) to Fish Fry. We investigate the changing topography of the MEMS ecosystem and how modeling technologies can help shorten the lifecycle of MEMS process development.

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